Still commonly known as the "Rainbow Room," this fabled Sunset Strip institution continues to deliver a good time with live rock shows, fun finger food and late-night dining. The roomy interiors consist of a dining room, several bars, upstairs dance floor and patio decorated with kitschy rock 'n' roll memorabilia, Christmas lights, burgundy leather booths and even a vintage arcade game. The food offered is an Italian-American fusion of popular munchies such as pizza, sandwiches, steaks and a diverse vegetarian selection. Keep in mind that it is possible to reserve special seating above the stage.
Since Lawry's The Prime Rib specializes in prime rib, come with a hearty appetite. Seat yourself in the elegant dining room complete with polished mahogany and art decorated walls. Choose from the different cuts of prime rib available. Go for the Diamond Jim Brady cut—all prime rib dinners are served with salad, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, fresh whipped cream, horseradish, and a choice of vegetable. Make sure you arrive in formals.
Porto's Bakery is a family owned bakery and sandwich shop that extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. Don't let the long lines phase you, they move quickly and the service is friendly and fast. There is a wide selection of bakery items, including breads, cookies, cakes and any pastries you can dream of. There are also amazing sandwiches, both traditional Californian and Cuban sandwiches. Everything is moderately priced and delicious!
Established in 1946, only a well-worn spot could offer such specialties like steak with all the trimmings. Forget the diet, you're eating well tonight. Right across from the Warner Bros Studios, the most famous item on this menu isn't meat related—it's the cheesy garlic bread. Try the early bird specials for a great discount. No matter when you arrive, however, you'll get a great meal that is worth the price.
A refreshing change from your typical global coffee shops chain, this local café boasts of serving organic varieties. This coffee shop offers in-house blends of coffee like Scandinavian Cupp, Urth Italia Espresso and teas like Darjeeling Shiva Gardens, Moroccan Mint Certified Organic, The Mystical Traveler and so forth. That’s not it, along with fine drinks, it also serves delectable platter that includes salads, sandwiches, baked goodies and even special vegan items.
This meat lovers dream come true, Animal is a raved about American eatery in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles. Utilizing every viable piece of the meat, celebrity chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook collaborate to create scrumptious meals even a vegetarian might be tempted to eat! With an ever-rotating menu, dishes at Animal are always new and exciting. Not for the faint of heart, past dishes have included veal tongue and brains, chicken liver toast, marrow bone with chimichurri sauce and other oddities that are surprisingly delicious. A minimalist setting is an overstatement, this restaurant has stark white walls, dark stained weathered tables and a large skylight flooding the space with bright natural light.
Situated inside the historic Vibiana building, the Redbird is a popular local restaurant and bar, serving scrumptious American cuisine. Chef Neal Fraser's culinary expertise is showcased through the diverse food menu, featuring several delicacies, cooked to absolute perfection using the choicest of ingredients. Regulars at Redbird have particularly praised their loaded Chicken Pot Pie, Ora King Salmon, lobster infused Gnocchetti Sardi and chef's special Veal Fraser. The bar is well stocked with the finest wines and the bartenders are known for serving tantalizing cocktails off the menu designed by Julian Cox. The decor is wonderful with elegant lighting fixtures and modern furnishings. The patio is area is attractively laid out as well and features a retractable ceiling.
JiST Cafe offers a relaxing ambience where patrons can enjoy their breakfast in leisure. In fact, they pride themselves on creating an atmosphere that recreates the unhurried feeling of a Sunday morning. Of course, it is also a good alternative if you have no time to cook and just want to grab a quick snack. Its menu includes dishes such as Katsu Sandwich filled with pork cutlet, Kewpie mayonnaise and shredded cabbage, Grandma's Chopped Salad served with a dressing of lemon herb, and Toad in a Hole with hickory ham, prime smoked meat and eggs. The food is complemented by beverages like grapefruit juice, Mexican soda and Earl Grey Creme tea.
Marugame Monzo specializes in the Japanese dish udon, which is a thick noodle made from wheat flour. Due to the open kitchen at this restaurant, patrons can watch the chefs while they expertly prepare this Japanese favorite. Here, the udon is available in varieties such as bukkake, mentai squid butter, uni, curry, beef, sea urchin cream, duck, mushroom and seaweed. Their menu also offers other dishes like beef tataki, ikura rice bowl, miso carbonara, shrimp tempura and fried chicken. So walk into this restaurant for a taste of tangy East Asian comfort food, served at reasonable prices.
Oft credited with the foundation of California cuisine, chef Mark Peel is the brains behind this casual eatery at the historic Grand Central Market. Broth-based dishes cooked in steam kettles form the core of the seafood-focused menu, with flavorful options like fish stew, clam chowder and curried shrimp to choose from. Alongside these you'll find a few sandwiches, salads and grain bowls as well. The menu is succinct yet packed with oodles of flavor, keeping diners coming back for seconds and thirds. To help quench your thirst, iced tea, lemonade and bottled water can be purchased is also sold here.
The dishes and soups at Sticky Rice are as colorful as the streetscape of Thailand. This eatery inside the trendy, popular Grand Central Market serves its food in clean white cutlery with delicate garnish and a plethora of visual appeal. Guests can start their meal with appetizers such as Papaya Salad, Northern Thai Sausage and Chicken Coconut Soup. The main course includes Vegetable Green Curry, a blend of mushrooms, asparagus and bamboo shoots, BBQ Chicken, Coconut Rice and Curry Broth. For dessert, do not miss the Mango Sticky Rice, a bowl filled with a lump of rice soaked in coconut milk sauce, served with a leaf and mango slices.
Micah Wexler started the eponymous Wexler's Deli to serve gourmet Jewish food in the delicatessen style. This chef emphasizes correct production methods and age-old techniques are used for smoking the meat and seafood. The meat is cured in a unique mix of spices and smoked for a very long time on apple wood to achieve the correct flavors and textures. Guests can watch as the staff slice the salmon and pastrami and serve the meat for takeaway or dining. Popular menu items include bagels served with cream cheese and smoked sturgeon, and the L.A. Bird, a roast turkey sandwich with coleslaw and mustard filling. To accompany the dishes, try beverages like Chocolate Egg Cream and the specialty pickles that are fermented using salt brine. The white, brick-walled counter is frequented by professionals who want a quick, gourmet snack for the road.